Hill announces shock sabbatical

By Simon Patterson -

British Superbikes

 09 November 2012 17:32

2011 British Superbike champion Tommy Hill has announced that he will be taking a year-long sabbatical from racing for the 2013 season.

The Kent rider has released a statement stating that  his failure to secure a seat at world championship level has prompted the decision, citing a desire to move forwards from the British championship.

He further explains that he has spent most of his life 'basically revolving every day to day activity around his racing' and that the time has come to relax.

He goes on to express an interest to stay in racing.

"But I really hope I can keep involved in the sport throughout 2013, either with a Championship, or manufacturer, passing my knowledge over, or doing some track-days and see what can potentially happen in 2014"

Hill had been linked with one of the seats at Paul Bird's CRT team, but this decision could potentially hint that Shane Byrne, who was the team's preferred choice, has decided to move to MotoGP with the Cumbrian outfit.

Read Hill's full statement on page 2.